Monday, February 27, 2012

Right Brain Is Our Future According To Oprah Super Soul Sunday

A Whole New Mind
By Daniel Pink

I just happened to go and turn the TV on to the OWN channel and it was about the time Super Soul Sunday was coming on. In the first segment, Oprah was interviewing, Daniel Pink, the author of the A Whole New Mind. Essentially, Daniel is a left brain person that sees a future where it will belong to right brain people.  He feels that things have already tilted in our society towards right brain people.

His premise is that many of the left brain tasks that are currently being done today, can either be done by a computer or farmed out to people all over the world. It is really not a necessity any more or special to be left brain dominant because it is over saturated in our population.

There is nothing wrong with left brain people. In fact, they are just as needed as right brain people. However, left brain people will need to adapt to some of the right brain functions if they are to survive and thrive in this world in the future.

Left brain is more the detail of events, the logical sequencing, home to the ego, and it categorizes information. Jobs of a left brain person would include an accountant, lawyer and computer programmer.

Right brain is more the person that intuitively thinks outside the box, creatively explores the possibilities of life, sees life in images, and interprets non verbal communication. Right brain people would include artists, composers, actors, and story tellers.

According to Daniel Pink in his interview with Oprah on the Super Soul Sunday program, the right brain people are the ones that create or come up with the unexpected thing. You know, the thing that no one thinks about and doesn't realize they need until it is created. I can't help but think of the iPhone for an example. Until it was sold, no one really thought, I need an iPhone.  Now, everyone either has an iPhone, smart phone or wants one, it seems.

The thing is, we all have both sides of our brain to use. Even though we are dominant in one side or the other, it does not mean we are stuck that way. We can learn to exercise the other side of our brain and become more balanced. After all, right brain people need left brain functions to manage their day while left brain people need right brain functions to often see the bigger picture and see what role they play in this world.

I have not read Daniel Pink's book, A Whole New Mind, but it is now on my reading list. If you want to read it, click this link to buy it on Amazon.

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